First day of summer…temperatures are right on target.

June 21st, 2014 at 7:36 pm by under Weather


The start of our astronomical summer kicked off at 6:51 AM this morning and it has looked great through the day. Although we’ve already seen summer conditions today was the official start!


Temperatures for our first day of summer have been just around our 30 year average for this time of year. Highs today topping off in the mid to upper 80s and it’s just been a warm, sunny summer day.


Here is a look ahead though…Rainy unsettled summer weather sets up for the new week.7day621



June 10th, 2014 at 3:37 pm by under Weather, WTHI Blog


 This map shows what is causing us to have showers and thundershowers. And, with plenty of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, we can’t rule out the possibility of heavy rain at times.  The low pressure you see in Illinois will gradually move up into Indiana, but our chances of rain will continue through at least Wednesday night.


June 6th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog

Here is an excellent link explaining how important a role weather played in the execution of D-Day.

Wednesday Severe Storm Potenial

June 3rd, 2014 at 11:30 am by under Weather, WTHI Blog

A tricky storm forecast is setting up for Wednesday with multiple storm “complexes” possibly impacting the Wabash Valley.

Round 1: The first is developing to our west today will move southeast into our furtherest west Illinois counties during the very early morning hours on Wednesday. If it holds together, we could see severe storms throughout the Valley.

Timing: 4 a.m. – 8 a.m. EDT

Threat:  Damaging wind gusts and heavy rain

 severe risk 1 Futurecast 1 Futurecast 2

Round 2: Depending on where the first complex of storms fizzles out and if the atmosphere recovers, a second complex of storms could redevelop and intensify Wednesday afternoon.  The exact timing and positioning is rather uncertain at this time because a lot depends on the first storm system.

Timing: Approx. 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. EDT

Threat: Damaging wind gusts, large hail, heavy rain (1-2″ with isolated spots up to 3″), flash flooding and rotating thunderstorms

 severe risk 2 Futurecast 3Futurecast 4

Thunderstorms will push out Wednesday evening and quiet conditions return for Thursday and Friday.

Stayed tuned to Storm Team 10 for the very latest on the changing weather situation through tomorrow evening.


May 27th, 2014 at 7:08 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Uncategorized, Weather, WTHI Blog

Warm and rather humid conditions will continue Tuesday night and Wednesday.  A weak cold front will drop south into the region Wednesday afternoon and bring a better chance of more widely spread showers and thunderstorms.7day


May 26th, 2014 at 4:50 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog

Looks like we’re headed for a warm stretch of weather for the last week of May.  Occasional thunderstorms are also possible.7day

It’s surely been a seasonal see-saw.

May 18th, 2014 at 5:23 pm by under Weather


It’s May 18th and we are comfortably enjoying temperatures in the lower to mid 60s. I’m not complaining it feels great outside with the sun pouring down across the Wabash Valley, but this is after two really cold mornings. One breaking a record, that was Saturday the 17th of 39 degrees…and then we tied a morning low today Sunday the 18th at 37 degrees.

Typically we have daytime high temperatures around 76 degrees for this time of the year with overnight lows at 53 degrees. Our weekend wasn’t even close as cold air masked the region. It has been hard bouncing from the 80s to 50s to 30s to 40s over a weeks length, leaving you wondering if it will ever consistently stay warm.

Well we are once again looking at temperatures swinging from the 50s this weekend to the 80s by Tuesday which is a 30 degree increase.  For the time of year though it’s rather common and it leaves gardeners and farmers with a headache trying to pick and choose the best time to plant your crop. For now, those cold morning temperatures look behind us, with another topple in the see-saw.


May 12th, 2014 at 8:09 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog


Here is the expected position of a cold front tomorrow afternoon-evening.  Ahead of this front, thunderstorms and rain will develop.  Behind the front, the air is about 20° colder than it was on Monday.  We can expect the cooler air to hang around for a few days, along with the possibility of scattered showers and perhaps a thundershower.  The temperature will gradually rise as we head toward the weekend.

Watch the Lunar Eclipse LIVE tonight!

April 14th, 2014 at 5:48 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather, WTHI Blog

The Lunar Eclipse begins at about 2am, but coverage starts earlier.  Go here:

Rain pushes in, cold air follows.

April 13th, 2014 at 9:19 pm by under Weather, WTHI Blog

As we head into our Sunday night and wake up for our early morning commute, rain will be moving in with our next wave of energy. A low pressure will kick eastward and drag a cold front with colder air behind it in for the start of our new week. A very basic idea looks like this…


This front is sparking rain showers and thunderstorms as our Sunday night approaches. We will go from daytime highs in the 70s today to highs really dropping into the 40s mostly for our Monday. As this front approaches, it will push that warm air up and cool off, condense, and fall as rain and even cause some friction for lightning. We can see this line move in late tonight. Timing is looking to be near midnight.


The heavy rain and thunderstorm chances will be in front of the cold front and along the front as seen above (11 PM). More widespread rain will take over as the morning hours move in, and throughout the day. Expect the rain showers to be on and off for your Monday. Get the rain gear ready!

This is what one of our models is painting for rainfall potential through the night and into Monday evening…rainfall413

I was personally adding up to around .6″ of precipitation totals with more possible around the Effingham, Richland and Cumberland Illinois counties.

Temperatures really fall behind this front, here is a look at our 7day. Keep in mind our “High” tomorrow will occur at midnight and fall through the day. The low will probably happen late Monday night then.


Expect temperatures around the mid 40s for your Monday late afternoon and evening. Have a great start to your work week and stay dry and warm! JD